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‘Listening Posts’ Along The Way: ‘Synchronisms’ As Metaleptic Prompts To The ‘Continuity Of The Narrative’ In Polybius’ Histories And In Luke's Gospel-Acts. A Tribute To David E. Aune

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For the Hellenistic writers, Polybius of Megalopolis and Luke the Evangelist, the one Divine Reality/true God has brought together unprecedented historical circumstances that have coalesced into a new and unrivalled state of affairs. One of the many such rhetorical-poetics ploys of Polybius is his 'synchronisms'. This little glimpse into Hellenistic history writing is offered in gratitude to the enormous contribution that Professor David E. Aune has made to antiquity and biblical studies. Through both the breathtaking depth and breadth of his grasp of biblical, Jewish, and Greco-Roman texts, he has been able to lead his readers into new and uncharted territory by conjuring up new vistas of 'clear certainty' as he bridges the worlds of Greco-Roman and Jewish history, thought, and apocalypse.

Keywords: antiquity; biblical studies; David E. Aune; Luke the Evangelist; metaleptic prompts; Polybius; synchronisms



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